A leading research institute on the Isle of Wight has come up with the latest in high-tech devices aimed at bolstering the island's fledgling Information Technology sector - a pen with multiple coloured inks.
Rather than needing empty your pen's ink reservoir and refill it from your ink bottle to change colour this new device contains four thin self-contained cartridges based on Lazlo Biro's patented system, one each for red, green, blue and black.
At the touch of a button, a new cartridge with ball-point ink dispenser can be slotted into place, while the previous one disappears, allowing almost instantaneous transitions between black or blue ink and a different colour, such as red.
The institute claims that time savings based on this new device within both the business and education sectors will be immense. An accountant switching between red and black ink when filling in a company ledger will no longer need to switch pens or change ink. A teacher, when marking homework, will be able to write corrections to his pupils' papers in red whilst simultaneously completing The Times Crossword, which of course muse be done in black ink. This new method of performing two independent operations at the same time is being termed 'multi-tasking' by experts.
Traditionalists are urging caution - saying that the island may not yet be ready for such complicated devices - citing the mass confusion caused in 2007 after the introduction of the zip-lock pencil case.